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Want to know what it takes to design logos and brand identities? In the Logo Geek podcast, award winning logo design expert Ian Paget finds out by interviewing successful graphic designers and entrepreneurs around the world so you can learn from their experiences. Topics include logo design tips, getting clients, how much to charge, coming up with ideas, choosing fonts, portfolio mistakes, branding, online marketing and so much more!
 
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Mark Des Cotes is a well known podcaster in the design industry, being the host of The Resourceful Designer Podcast. After several years of attending podcasting events to learn more about the craft, as a way to attract potential clients from the events he created a new brand for himself, where he was positioned as the go-to designer for any podcast…
 
Are you producing any of your design projects in-house? I got the idea for this episode of the podcast when a member of the Resourceful Designer Community shared her new toy with us in our Slack group. Laura bought a Roland VersaSTUDIO Desktop Sign Maker BN-20. It’s an eco-solvent printer she plans on using to produce stickers, vehicle graphics and…
 
Over the past few years there have been some pretty big movie identities designed by Pentagram. These include "DC Entertainment", JK Rowling’s films "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and "The Crimes of Grindelwald", Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of "Ready Player One", "Birds of Prey'" the Warner Brothers identity... the list goes on. The pe…
 
Do you farm out design projects? Finding yourself overwhelmed with too many design projects is a sure sign that you are not charging enough for your design services. Don’t turn clients away. Instead, raise your prices and start farming out design work. The following is a post from the Resourceful Designer Facebook Group. Hi guys So I'm turning away…
 
Allen Peters has a fascination for handcrafted antique design. This has inspired him to focus almost entirely on the niche style of vintage badge logo design through his own design studio, Peters Design Company. Throughout his career Allans done just about every kind of design job. He’s worked for large and small design agencies, he's worked in-hou…
 
If you want to succeed as a designer, you must invest in yourself. Have you heard the quote, “it takes money to make money?” The same concept applies to growing your design business as well as improving yourself as a designer. If you don’t invest in yourself, you’ll become stagnant, outdated, and eventually overlooked. Clients hire graphic and web …
 
At some point in your career you might get stuck in a rut. Stuck in a pattern doing the same thing day in, day out, without making any progress. But because change is hard, it’s easy to become comfortably unhappy, and let the days pass. This is what happened to Sophia Ahmed. She was in a dead-end job, and at a low point in her life. But after drama…
 
Contrary to popular belief, print is not dead. There was a time, not long ago, when graphic designers designed almost entirely for print. Sure there were trade show booths and vehicle graphics, but in their way, those are print as well. As the internet became more and more popular, graphic designers started to encroach on a turf that was mostly pop…
 
The dream for many designers is to work exclusively on logo design. But most design jobs sadly require you to work on many different types of design projects. So if you want to work exclusively on logo design, you need to work as a freelance graphic designer, and build your own business. Freelancing can be tough, so to help you grow and flourish as…
 
Do you vet potential new design clients? How do you know that you’re the right designer for a project? Or maybe the question should be, how do you know a potential new design client is right for you? In the past, I’ve covered what to ask during a discovery session, 50 questions to ask every new design client, and four vital questions to ask your de…
 
Back in 2012, in the basement of the New York Pentagram office, Jesse Reed, along with his colleague Hamish Smyth, unexpectedly came across a piece of design history - the original New York City Transit Authority graphic standards manual, a modernist masterpiece designed by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda. This was the moment that lead to the pair …
 
How are you going to take your design business to the next level? “What got you here won’t get you there.” I’ve heard this phrase a few times over the past couple of weeks, and it got me thinking about my life, my design career and my business. This is not about Marshall Goldsmith’s book of the same title. Although I hear it’s a great book. It’s ab…
 
Some of the most famous logo designs in the world feature a monogram, including General Electric, Louis Vuitton and Hewlett-Packard. But how do you approach designing a monogram? In this weeks episode Ian's joined by Hope Meng to find out. Hope is a brand designer and lettering artist from San Francisco, CA. In November 2015 she started Monogram Pr…
 
When you start out as a designer you'll likely focus on the visuals. But as you begin to understand the role design plays in business, you'll start to see the value of good brand strategy, and will want to work closer with your clients to understand and solve deeper business challenges before you work on any design. For some designers, as they grow…
 
You know how to design logos and brand identities, but to turn that skill into a sustainable freelance design business, you need find people who will pay for those services... you need clients. On this weeks podcast, Ian interviews BizBuds, Tom Ross and Michael Janda to discover how you can get your first client, establishing a niche as a designer …
 
If you run a design business, the offering that you present to clients should be clear and easy to understand. Someone who has done this well is Evelyn Powers, the founder of Design Powers, where she focuses on branding, web design and print for small service based businesses. Evelyn's primary offering is website design. A service that can often be…
 
My strategy for securing WordPress websites. The internet is filled with unscrupulous people. Are you doing everything you can to ensure your clients’ portion of it is safe by securing their WordPress websites? I recently published a podcast episode and article on earning extra income by offering website maintenance plans. Part of that strategy is …
 
When designing a logo, choosing the perfect colour palette can be a fun creative challenge. But once the logo is in use as part of a companies brand identity, ideally the colours you've selected look as consistent as possible in all instances, from digital devices through to printed collateral. But how can you be sure the colours you see on your mo…
 
If only I knew these things before starting my design business. You know that saying, hindsight is 20/20? It means that it’s always easier to see things when you’re looking back than when you’re looking forward. Before I decided to leave the print shop where I worked as a graphic designer to start my graphic and web design business in 2006, I had a…
 
Ibby Tarafdar is a young designer from Cardiff, UK. Two days a week he’s working at Starbucks as a Barista, but the rest of the time he’s travelling the world, hanging out with and designing logos for famous celebrities, including world champion boxers such as Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davies, famous golfers such as Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston and even Jay-Z. Aft…
 
Find local design clients to grow your business. If you want to grow your design business, your best chance is to find local design clients to work with. After all, it’s much easier to find a client among the people who know you. Of course, as your design business grows, you’ll want to expand your reach and acquire clients farther and farther away …
 
Steff Geissbühler was Partner and Principal at Chermayeff & Geismar for 30 years where he designed some of the worlds most memorable logos and identities. In this interview we go back through significant times in the designers life, including how he became a professor early in his career, how he was hired by Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar, and how…
 
Uninterrupted time can help you become more productive. If you want a more productive design business, arrange your schedule to have periods of uninterrupted time. Time that is free of notifications and distractions, allowing you to focus all your energy on the task at hand. If you’re anything like me, you have a million things on your mind, and a …
 
In this weeks podcast Ian interviews Miriam Isaac, a user experience designer to uncover the process behind the design of digital products. We learn her approach to research, discover her process for wire-framing, prototyping, the UX tools used and more! Show notes: https://logogeek.uk/podcast/ux-design-process Thank you to the sponsor, FreshBooks …
 
What are you doing to stand out? I was listening to a podcast recently, and the guest on the show said something about how businesses need to stand out from its competition. To which the host replied, “That’s for sure, you don’t want to be a penguin.” Sometimes, the most mundane things that I see, hear or read spark an idea for a podcast topic. Wel…
 
Michael Shumate taught Graphic Design for twenty five years. In his second week of teaching, he told a student that the logo concept he was working on would not make a professional identity design. The student asked, “Why?” But Micheal couldn't provide an adequate answer, but was certain some principle was being violated. He set out on a quest to d…
 
If you don’t tell them, they won’t know. Before I launched the Resourceful Designer podcast on September 30, 2015, I sat down and wrote a list of over 50 topics I could discuss on the show. I wanted to be sure before embarking on this journey that I wouldn’t run out of things to say. Almost five years later, and 219 episodes in, I still haven’t cov…
 
How can you properly understand the audience you plan to target? How can you make sure the logo designs you create will attract the right person? How can you know if the identity you create will actually perform? The only way to know for sure is to use customer and UX research. To learn more, Ian interviews Michele Ronsen, the founder of Curiosity …
 
Have you ever considered YouTube as a way to market your design business? Ask any marketer, and they'll tell you that if you're not doing video, your missing out on a massive part of the market. In the past couple of years, revenue generated through video marketing has outpaced all other forms of promotion. And of course, YouTube is the number one …
 
Fear can hold you back. It can keep you in a position of safety, limiting your career potential. That's what happened to show host, Ian Paget. Despite building a successful business, he stayed in comfortable 'safe' 9-5 job for years. It wasn't until recently that he took the leap of faith to make Logo Geek his full time venture. Big change is scary…
 
Communicate clearly and jargon-free. Pixels. Bleed. Wordmark. Hero Image. SSL. White Space. I imagine, as you read each of those words, your mind quickly thought of each one’s meaning and how you use them. To you, a designer, deciphering these words uses up the same amount of brainpower as reading the words eggs, horse, car, or house. There’s no ne…
 
The world around us, and the culture we live in has a massive impact on all of us unconsciously. The study of Semiotics can allow us to understand this by looking at how meaning is created and communicated, which is knowledge we can use to design more effective logos and brand identities. The origins of Semiotics lie in the academic study of how si…
 
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